Obama's Feb., 2007 Announcement for President, Cable (8:30 pm and midnight tonight in Chicago) and Web: What could have been?

Barack Obama:... I stand before you today to announce MY CANDIDACY FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA... Look, I recognize that there is a certain presumptuousness in this....

Watch the Obama February, 2007 Announcement for President speech here:

Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features then U. S. Senator Barack Obama’s Feb. 10, 2007 Announcement for President speech, airing at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] throughout the City. The show repeats at Midnight on Cable Ch. 21

The “Public Affairs,” TV show featuring [now President] Barack Obama also airs  tonight at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in ten Chicago Metro North Shore suburbs on Comcast Cable Ch. 19, including Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

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Q: What happened to hope, change and innocence:

One possible answer:  An ineffective $800 billion stimulus, an unnecessary $1.5 trillion U. S. banking system bailout, the least robust economic recovery in the last 70 years, a dramatically troubled Obamacare program, leading from behind in our disputes/conflicts with Iran/Russia/China/Syria/Egypt and; a foreign policy of indecision in Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan/India/Israel/Palestine/Turkey

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[Then U. S. Senator] Barack Obama, Feb. 10, 2007: ....It was here [in Springfield, IL at the Old Capitol Building] where we learned to disagree without being disagreeable...[where we learned] that is possible to compromise so long as you know those principles that can never be compromised, and that so long as we are willing to listen to each other we can assume the best in people instead of the worst.

Barack Obama: That’s why we were able to reform a death penalty system that was broken; that’s why we were able to give health insurance to children in need; that’s why we made the tax system...more fair and just for working families and that’s why we passed ethics reform that the cynics said could never, ever be passed; it was here... that I was reminded of the essential decency of the American people; where I came to believe that through this decency we can build a more hopeful America.

Barack Obama: That is why in the shadow of the old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a house divided to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce MY CANDIDACY FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Barack Obama: Look, I recognize that there is a certain presumptuousness in this, a certain audacity to this announcement... but I have been [in Washington, DC] long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change...today we are called once more and it is time for our generation to answer that call...

Barack Obama: All of us know what those challenges are today: a war with no end; a dependence on oil that threatens our future, schools where too many children aren’t learning, families struggling paycheck to paycheck-despite working as hard as they can; we know the challenges...[the lobbyists and special interests] think they own this government but we’re here today to take it back; the time for that kind of politics is over; it is time to turn the page, right here and right now.

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Barack Obama: ...Let us set high standards for our schools and give them the resources they need to succeed; let’s make college more affordable...let’s make it possible for hard working Americans to save for retirement; Let’s allow our unions and their organizers to lift up this country’s middle class again, we can do that ...We can control costs of healthcare by focusing on prevention, by...Let’s be the generation that says right here, right now, we will have universal healthcare in American by the end of the next President’s first term, we can do that...

Barack Obama: We can do those things but all of this cannot come to pass until we bring an end to this war in Iraq; Most of you know that I opposed this war from the start...today we grieve for the families that have lost loved ones...America, it is time to start bringing... our troops home...that’s why I have a plan that will bring our combat troops home by March, 2008...           

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